The board of supervisors gave conditional approval Wednesday for a preliminary/final land development plan for construction of a new Sheetz in the township.
The new Sheetz will stand at the corner of North Atherton Street and Valley Vista Drive, said Mark Torretti, of PennTerra Engineering. The existing Sheetz will be demolished and replaced with an improved, contemporary station.
The township received the preliminary/final land development plan for the new structure on Dec. 8, according to the township planning commission minutes from Jan. 11. The new store will feature interior improvements, changes to the parking configuration, outdoor eating areas and the elimination of fuel pumps facing North Atherton Street.
No changes to the North Atherton or Valley Vista driveways are proposed, the minutes said. The commission unanimously granted approval.
The existing Sheetz measures 4,300 square feet with 35 parking spaces and 18 pumps, Torretti said. The new station will reach about 7,100 square feet with 500 square feet of outdoor eating area.
Parking will be increased to 49 spaces, he said, with the elimination of six pumps, bringing the total down to 12. Access to the station will remain the same, with openings along Valley Vista and North Atherton.
The entrance via Valley Vista was determined to be large enough to restripe, Torretti said, adding left and right turning lanes for exiting vehicles.
The new station would use the existing underground stormwater facilities, he said.
Supervisor Josh Troxell expressed concern with the flow of traffic within the station, suggesting that stripes be added to control the flow of vehicles. A suggestion was made to angle the pumps 45 degrees, giving a natural flow from North Atherton and Valley Vista to the fueling stations.
According to the planning commission minutes, Torretti said construction would begin in January and would take about six months.
Supervisors unanimously approved the plan, pending the completion of a traffic assessment at the site driveways and the addition of a sidewalk connect to Galen Drive.
This particular store is a candidate for a rebuild.
“The store on Valley Vista Drive and North Atherton is an older design and could use a refresh as well as a way to better accommodate our customers,” a Sheetz spokesperson said in an email to the CDT. “As a company we look at our older stores and evaluate their physical capabilities, overall brand presence and potential to accommodate future business needs. This particular store is a candidate for a rebuild.”